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Tuberous sclerosis-2 (TSC2) regulates the stability of death-associated protein kinase-1 (DAPK) through a lysosome-dependent degradation pathway

Hupp, Ted; Lin, Yao; Henderson, Paul; Pettersson, Susanne; Satsangi, Jack; Hupp, Tedd R; Stevens, Craig


Ted Hupp

Yao Lin

Paul Henderson

Susanne Pettersson

Jack Satsangi

Tedd R Hupp


We previously identified a novel interaction between tuberous sclerosis-2 (TSC2) and death-associated protein kinase-1 (DAPK), the consequence being that DAPK catalyses the inactivating phosphorylation of TSC2 to stimulate mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activity. We now report that TSC2 binding to DAPK promotes the degradation of DAPK. We show that DAPK protein levels, but not gene expression, inversely correlate with TSC2 expression. Furthermore, altering mTORC1 activity does not affect DAPK levels, excluding indirect effects of TSC2 on DAPK protein levels through changes in mTORC1 translational control. We provide evidence that the C-terminus regulates TSC2 stability and is required for TSC2 to reduce DAPK protein levels. Importantly, using a GTPase-activating protein–dead missense mutation of TSC2, we demonstrate that the effect of TSC2 on DAPK is independent of GTPase-activating protein activity. TSC2 binds to the death domain of DAPK and we show that this interaction is required for TSC2 to reduce DAPK protein levels and half-life. Finally, we show that DAPK is regulated by the lysosome pathway and that lysosome inhibition blocks TSC2-mediated degradation of DAPK. Our study therefore establishes important functions of TSC2 and the lysosomal-degradation pathway in the control of DAPK stability, which taken together with our previous findings, reveal a regulatory loop between DAPK and TSC2 whose balance can either promote: (a) TSC2 inactivation resulting in mTORC1 stimulation, or (b) DAPK degradation via TSC2 signalling under steady-state conditions. The fine balance between DAPK and TSC2 in this regulatory loop may have subtle but important effects on mTORC1 steady-state function.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 4, 2011
Publication Date Nov 16, 2010
Deposit Date Apr 3, 2014
Print ISSN 1742-464X
Electronic ISSN 1742-4658
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 278
Issue 2
Pages 354-370
Keywords DAPK; degradation; lysosome; mTORC1; TSC2;
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